BRUNCH WITHOUT BOOZE IS JUST A SAD LATE BREAKFAST

 

This year I decided to skip Easter – meaning I am not visiting my family or friends, just work and school projects all weekend. It may sound somehow sad but it is just what I need now, few extra days to finish school stuff so I can fully enjoy rest of the spring stress free. But I know most of the people are celebrating some way this holiday and as I know many of you are having brunch or two this weekend, I wanted to share few brunch photos from Easter few years a go. It is long time ago we had the brunch in these pictures, but still the menu looks good and is something I could redo any day.  I hope you get idea or two from this, and you have a delicious Easter!

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Banana pancakes works always and is so super easy to do. And they also work for strict diets as this is gluten and dairy free. You need for 8 pancakes 1 banana, 1 egg , 0,5 dl dark whole grain rice flour and a pinch of cinnamon and vanilla. Mix all ingredients and fry few minutes from both sides. I use coconut oil when frying pancakes but you can use also butter.

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Add in a class home made granola, natural yogurt and mango puree. Fresh and simple!

 

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Fresh fruits are a must in a brunch, just remember to buy the fruits early enough so they are ready. Nobody wants to eat raw melon and passion fruit.

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I remember I baked the bread and the croissants for the brunch myself, but if you feel lazy just get some ready ones and warm them up in the oven so they feel fresh. Also toasts would work well in a brunch as well as banana bread. The croissants I had filled with cheese and Nutella before baking them in the oven and for the bread we had different toppings so everyone could choose their favorites.

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I had normal eggs which I dyed with onion skins, but also  quail eggs work perfect in a Easter brunch. Just remember to tell everyone if the eggs are 5 or 7 minute eggs so nobody gets a messy surprise!

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We had all kind of different toppings for the pancakes, such as berries, coconut flakes and maple syrup.

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You can see little from the corner of the picture the oven baked eggs in muffin cups. I filled the cups with different ingredients such as cheese, ham and veggies and then added the egg in the top with little salt and pepper. Bake in the oven until the eggs look ready and enjoy straight from the cup with a spoon. Now I would probably skip these and make something similar from avocado and eggs in the oven.

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I had baked cantuccini biscuits the day before (recipe coming later also here) and they worked so good together with fresh coffee. We served espresso, but as I have milk frother we did cappuccinos also.  And of course we had some juice and sparkling wine as brunch with out booze is just a sad late breakfast!

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And there is no Easter brunch with out chocolate eggs! I spread these beautiful small chocolate eggs all around the table and trust me, they we all gone by the end of the brunch.

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Enjoy the holidays,

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Mad about the office outfits

New week – new challenges! Last week was for now the last one in school for me and today I started my internship. Exiting! I am working the next 3 months in a business travel company and I will be doing marketing as well as communications. So exactly what I have wanted to do! The thing is that by having this new job opportunity I am no more in school with super relaxed dress code (or actually with no dress code at all) – now I am working in a business environment so it means that no ripped jeans and sneakers anymore.

If you have followed my old blog you know that I had this Mad about the..-post series where I always shared something I was currently mad about. You can find the old ones here (all in Finnish) but as I liked those a lot I am bringing them back – so here we go with it as I am Mad about the office outfits!

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Like said my internship is happening in a business environment so I want to dress up accordingly. We don`t have strict dress code at the office but somehow I feel that it is still good to make a impression also by looking nice and to be honest, I kind of like to play now with the office outfits idea. So nothing too fancy, relaxed smart casual without over doing it. I bought few new clothes before starting, but there is still few things I would like to get. And actually everything I have got or planning to get later works well also outside of the office, so smart choices.  I made two inspiration collections – tell me how you like them!

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This first outfit I collected here is so fresh and I cannot imagine a situation where white shirt and jeans would not work.I cannot wait the streets to be totally dry and the weather more warm as I want to leave heavy winter shoes home and slip on some nice ballerinas. I also like a lot this striped blazer here – let`s see if I can find something similar later this spring.

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In this second collection I put together three super classy outfits which you can make with few key items. A black dress never goes out of style and combination of light blue shirt and black skirt is always a safe choice. I have also created a little crush on printed pants  and I think this is just the way how you can add something interesting to your outfit. Of course black pants are always a good choice, but  with the right print and color this could work nicely also.

So what do you think – too classy or just the right style for the office? And what do you like this kind of post with little fashion?

XoXo,

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Simply beautiful Easter table setting

 

easterTableSetting (4 of 23)Easter is just around the corner and I believe that the long weekend filled with good food and relaxing activities will come just in the right time for many of us. The spring somehow often feels so long when compared to autumn so I think it is good to have a little brake when waiting the summer to come. It has been so nice and sunny this week and I hope the good weather will continue also next week. Easter is also a good possibility to spend some time with family and friends as well as eat good food (and little too many chocolate eggs). I personally feel that the food taste even better when served from a beautiful table setting so I created one simple Easter table setting for the up coming holiday. And actually as it is so simple you could use the idea also later in the spring with the flowers, just then leave the feathers out!

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In this table setting I used few simple elements to bring the Easter feeling to otherwise very white setting. Yellow narcissus, white weathers and brown string is all you need to bring little something to the  setting without over doing it. I also used my marble eggcups and little more fancy classes to bring little festive feeling. I think the sheep skins in the chairs is also working well with this setting as it is still not that warm so it brings little softness.

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The string is easy and cheap way to make napkin rings – someone told me that napkin rings are old fashioned but I still like them and it is easy way to play with a theme in table setting. The flowers give nice hint of color and can be later set in a vase. How you feel about napkin rings?

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I made centerpiece from feather wreath I bought from sales few years a go and placed vase with narcissus in the middle. The plates are Arabia Lumi, wine classes classic Iittala Essence and the water classes are from Hobstar.  I use these dishes every day but they serve so well in more festive occasions also, just the way I like it – not too many different dishes!  And with white linen tablecloth and napkins you can never go wrong.

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I hope you got at least little inspiration from the million photos here today (sorry I had little hard time to choose the best ones). How is the plans for Easter coming together for you?  Anything special planned?

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